It's harvest season for me, not that I haven't been harvesting since May, but August is the big flower season. When it seems like all that can bloom is going, one more thing pops open that I forgot about and it feels like there is never enough time to get them all out of the field or to do them justice in turning them into bouquets.
This also means I tend to set other things aside this time of year or just forget about some things, like late season plantings of veggies (which I promise myself I am going to prioritize but it never happens).
But that autumn feeling is in the air and I can see into the future as the nights get cooler and that first hard frost creeps closer and closer. So enjoy the flowers while you can because this boom only lasts for so long!
My goal of getting everyone to enjoy the wilder side of life continues though with a new green, Stinging Nettles!!! Yep, that's right they are edible, super tasty, and loaded with nutrients but yes, they sting when they are fresh. Dry or cook them and no more sting! May I suggest a nettle and spinach soup, nettle green pesto, or maybe a simple fresh nettles tea.
The tomatoes are towering and it becomes a never ending relay race to start at one end to prune, trellis, and harvest only to start again at the beginning as they grow and grow and grow!
The seed saving continues with some of the beautiful, soft, and moody Cerinthe or Honeywort. It is a Bumblebee's ultimate fav and a fav cut flower of mine for the pink/magenta blooms tucked into the dusky green foliage and naturally drooping stems.
Even Hella approves too!
So many flowers! Which is why August is always the flower month. Get your flower fix at either Farmers Market or at the Amish Farm to Market Store in Libby!
Who might these be?!?!?!
Welcome the newest addition to the family farm, sisters Hecate and Nuit and little Oliver. Hecate (the Greek goddess of death, magic, and poisonous plants) and Nuit (the Egytian goddess of the sky and the heavenly bodies) are short hair all black kitties who run around to chase anything the moves and generally causing mayhem and havoc. Oliver (named after the movie Oliver and Company, itself a disney version of Oliver Twist) is a medium hair orange tabby who purrs like a freight train and likes to give head butts and cuddles. They are future cuddle pals and tussle buddies for Hella (named herself after the Norse goddess of death and the underworld, yes there is a general theme :D )
So far, Hella is cautious, hesitant, and grumpy about all the new smells and sounds that fill her house. It will be a slow transition for them all to be together even if only so I have time to kitten proof more than just the bedroom and bathroom, which isn't an easy task when you have many special orchids and other house plants.
Oh, and anyone who comes to the last Farm Tour and Dinner of the year will be able to meet them if they wish!
What's available this week?
I'm Farmer Megan with a life full of cackles, clucks, quacks, weeds, crazy kitten, and one tiny, senior, blind dog.